Natural Great Peace

with Olivier Riche, Veronica Nicholson and Andrew Warr
Friday 24 November, 11am to Thursday 30 November, 1pm

This retreat is specifically designed for those with some experience of meditation, willing to commit to an intensive practice retreat including several days in silence.

Practising meditation in a retreat environment is a special opportunity to refine our practice, enhance our understanding and simply enjoy a taste of the peace of mind and deep sense of well being that meditation brings.

The retreat will include

  • In-depth meditation instruction based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition
  • Guidance & clarification through questions/answers with experienced meditation instructors
  • Inspirational video teachings on meditation by leading contemporary teachers
  • Extended periods of meditation (about 4 hours per day)
  • Walking meditation
  • Sessions focusing on how to integrate our practice in daily life,
  • and optional participation in daily Loving Kindness practice.

Also included are optional Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) sessions led by Matt Padwick, to energise and harmonise mind and body.

Please note that much of the retreat is conducted in silence.

This is a 7-day retreat, please register only if you can attend the full week.

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers, this retreat has changed my life ” (Aishling)

Donation Based Events

Our wish is that finances should not be a barrier for people wishing to attend events – so for this event we do not set a retreat fee and charge only to cover catering costs. You are invited to make a financial offering according to your means, to help cover the costs of hosting the retreat and to ensure that such events continue into the future, but there is no obligation.


The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


The catering fee covers a delicious two course vegetarian lunch each day, with soup and bread provided in the evenings.

Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible.

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No event fee
Catering Only Fee €245
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Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email to to discuss flexible payment options or request assistance from our retreat fund.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area can be seen here. here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.
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Olivier Riche
Olivier Riche
Olivier Riche has studied and practiced meditation for 20 years and has been guiding practices and instructing on retreats since 2012.
He worked for three years at Dzogchen Beara where he facilitated many retreats and guided meditations.
Olivier also offers regular meditations for members of his community and for staff at his workplace.
Veronica Nicholson
Veronica Nicholson
Veronica first learned to meditate in 1996 when she went on her first retreat to Dzogchen Beara.
Since then she has continued studying and practicing in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and completed a one-year closed retreat in 2004 in Dzogchen Beara.
Learning to meditate changed her life and this inspired her to train as a meditation instructor, and since 2001 she has been helping on retreats in Dzogchen Beara and other Rigpa centres around Ireland.
She lives in Offaly and is a photographer and artist – her book Observing Offaly, a photographic record of life in her adopted county, was published in November 2016.
Andrew Warr
Andrew Warr
Andrew Warr has had a regular meditation practice for 40 years and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation since 1982. He has been teaching meditation for over 30 years and since 2001 has been leading courses, seminars, and retreats, principally on the subject of loving kindness, in Europe, Australia and North America. With great clarity, warmth and humour, Andrew skilfully guides people through the teachings and practices, and shows how these can be applied to our everyday life.